Free Sandia Mountain NHC & Family Nature Mapping

October 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Attractions, Sport & Leisure

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is usually closed to the public, but on October 7 you can explore, hike, enjoy the scenery, try geocaching and the solar telescope, and hear about family nature mapping.

The Sandia Mountain Natural History Center in Cedar Crest is open to all this Sunday October 7, 2012, from 9 am to 4 pm, and admission is free.

Usually the 128 acre piñon-juniper forest with over 5 miles of walking trails is only open to school groups, but this Sunday anybody can turn up to hike, spot wildlife from the observation deck and bird blind, do geocaching, or even have a picnic. During the open day a solar telescope will be available to view the sun.

At 10 am, there’s a presentation on Family Nature Mapping. What is this? I have no idea. It could be mapping nature as a family (the family that maps together, acts together). It could be mapping families we find in nature. It could be mapping your family nature, which would be rather terrifying in the case of my family.

Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be splendid, as they are good people over at the SMNHC and they know of what they speak. In any case it’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the land.

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center open day:

  • When: Sunday October 7, 2012
  • Time: 9 am – 4 pm. Presentation at 10 am. No registration required to visit.
  • Where: Sandia Mountain Natural History Center, Cedar Crest
  • Price: Admission is free!

Sandia Mountain Natural History Center is located at 60 Columbine Lane, Cedar Crest. Take exit 175 from
I-40 East, along NM 14 / The Turquoise Trail. Get directions to the Sandia Mountain Natural History Center.



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